Inspired by that over-the-top dutch still life that I showed here on the blog last week or so, I decided to attempt a similar complicated-ass composition that Liberace himself would have loved. Bill will be proud of me for I set out to steal every flower on the botanical chart. I actually went on the prowl at night to remain incognito (who knew it would be hard to see flowers then). Okay, I did buy some too, but it was far more fun hunting the wild ones, and the not so wild ones. I knew I would need many colors and varieties to chose from to pull it off. Flower painting is tricky business. I refuse to paint fake ones, and the real ones do not sit still for long. So here I created a mountain of flowers, and had a limited time to paint them in. Scared the HELL out of me.
In fact, I have a theory now…now that I have beat my brains out for the past two days over this…when I look at that still life by that anal retentive artist from hundreds of years ago, I think that he must have posed one flowers at a time to have painted it with that much attention to detail. There is no way he could have painted the whole thing in two days. Perhaps he kept replacing the flowers? No. They never look the same. And did he have that soakable foam that you can strategically place the flowers in like I did? NOT. Also, he had to have been WAY handicapped by the natural light. One flower at a time I tell you, and simply a master of composition, he.
Jump ahead 400 years to the dawn of the industrial world and life in the fast HOV lane. And he did say let there be light. So I decided to simulate daylight so that I could paint as long as I freakin wanted to. The light is 1000 watts, and that is a sheet of vellum stapled to the frame. Very soft, DE-licious light, like m&m’s melting in your mouth. It is one tall order to look at something that beautiful and know that it is now your job to do it justice.
I will post the painting when it is done…and I have rested in the Bahamas for a week.